Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce that Senior Vice President of A&R and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has signed British singer and songwriter Neon Hitch to a recording deal. Hitch will begin recording her debut album with executive producer Benny Blanco (Ke$ha, Spank Rock, 3OH!3, Britney Spears) in the next month.
â€œNeon Hitch is a star!â€ DioGuardi says. â€œI fell in love with her voice and personality the first time we met. She is a unique artist who has traveled the world and you can hear those influences in her vocal stylings and melodic and lyrical choices.â€
â€œFor the last two years, Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out my sound,â€ says Hitch, who creates a striking effect by deploying her soulful, jazz-inflected vocals atop an organic backdrop of eclectic pop melodies and hip-hop tinged beats. â€œIâ€™ve decided to just be myself because my life up till now is enough to fill 10 albumsâ€™ worth of songs. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m planning to call the album Beg, Borrow, and Steal,â€™ because quite frankly, I have done everything to get where I am now.â€
Hitch has co-written â€œStupid Love Letter,â€ which appears on the Friday Nights Boysâ€™ album Off The Deep End and the When In Rome soundtrack. She also co-wrote the iTunes No. 1 single â€œBlah Blah Blahâ€ on newly minted pop star Ke$haâ€™s No. 1 album Animal. Hitch has worked with Miike Snow (appearing on Blancoâ€™s remix of â€œBurialâ€), Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, and Toby Gad. A song she wrote with 3OH!3, â€œFollow Me Down,â€ will appear on Almost Alice â€” a companion soundtrack to the new Tim Burton film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
On Friday, February 19th, Hitch will perform â€œFollow Me Downâ€ with 3OH!3 at a star-studded concert celebrating Alice in Wonderland. The show, presented by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records, as well as Hot Topic, KIIS-FM, and MySpace, kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Hollywood & Highland Centerâ€™s Central Courtyard in Los Angeles, CA. MySpace will host the exclusive live stream of the event at www.myspace.com/wonderland, powered by Ustream.
Born to hippy parents in London, Hitch describes her family as â€œgypsies. Not thieves,â€ she says, â€œbut traveling street performers.â€ By the age of four, Hitch was performing with the alternative, theatrical circus Archaos, and training to be a trapeze artist, fire swinger, and stilt walker. Her mother and siblings traveled from festival to festival around Europe earning a living from street performing and making and selling jewelry and clothing. Her father was a lighting technician who worked with such artists as Duran Duran, Sting, and David Bowie. At age 10, Hitch began writing poetry, which led to her writing lyrics. Over the next several years, Hitch found herself traveling with friends all over Europe, and living in squats in London while trying to pursue a singing career.
After singing on several tracks for British dancehall/reggae label Greensleeves Records, Hitch signed to The Streetsâ€™ Mike Skinnerâ€™s indie label The Beats Recordings (a subsidiary of Atlanticâ€™s 679 Recordings) and went on tour with Skinner. She performed her first major show opening for rapper 50 Cent at Englandâ€™s Nottingham Arena before the label shut down in 2007. â€œEverything crumbled, but I didnâ€™t let it stop me,â€ Hitch says. Shortly after, she received a MySpace message from Benny Blancoâ€™s manager James Johnson, of Pilot Creative, who encouraged her to fly out to New York to meet him. James signed on as her manager, and landed Hitch a publishing deal with EMI.
Stay tuned for more about Neon Hitch, coming soon from Warner Bros. Records.